Don’t STFU, Blog

With 1.5 million views a month, I could easily assume that you’ve already heard of STFU, Parents. Besides, you’re reading this so-called parenting blog…though it’s not exactly the same thing.

If you haven’t heard of it, no worries; you’re about to. Partially because the author just shed her anonymity and is making a media tour of sorts, and partially because I am telling you about it right now. The about page describes STFU, Parents as a “submission-based “public service” blog that mocks parent overshare on social networking sites.”

Consider this a public service announcement.

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STFU, Parents is the blog I would have written if I’d started a blog before I had a kid.

It’s about the tendency of parents to assume that just because their kid is their world, everyone else is just as interested in the daily goings on of this golden child. Sorry, but that just ain’t true. It’s especially not true when you’re talking about bowel movements.

As stated on its about page, the blog’s mission is to call out those parents who can’t help oversharing, aka “oversharenting.” Not all parents, just those parents who make everything about their kid or their role as a parent; those parents who have forgotten that they once had a life without kids; those parents that don’t realize non-parents exist, and live perfectly valid lives.

STFU, Parents, along with newly unmasked author Blair Koenig, was just on the “Today Show”, my nemesis Ricki Lake‘s new show, and was featured on ABC News last week (clip below).

At the end of the “Today Show” clip (linked above the video), the interviewer asks Blair how she’ll handle it if/when she has kids of her own. She answers diplomatically, but she could have easily just said that she’ll do her best to simply not be an asshole. That’s what I try to do here.

I started as a way to both talk about my experiences as a dad and to hang onto some semblance of my old life as a non-dad. My role as a parent is certainly a major part of my day-to-day, and has inevitably changed me, I hope I’m doing a decent job preserving my old personality – without coming off as a huge hypocrite. It’s a tough balancing act but it can be done. Unfortunately not everyone tries.

When I was single, I mostly just ignored the breeders. Conveniently, if they happened to be friends, many of them took themselves out of the equation by entering the typical parenting cocoon I’ve been trying to resist. And that’s why I started this blog: to avoid that cocoon and to remain a caterpillar. A cynical, sarcastic, occasionally drunk caterpillar.

One of the ironies of this whole thing is that it wasn’t until I actually became a parent that I realized how much other parents suck. Of course, if I had been reading STFU, Parents, I’d have already known.

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5 thoughts on “Don’t STFU, Blog

  1. I just discovered that blog a couple weeks ago actually and I completely agree. I love to hear about major milestones from my friends and family about their kids, like when they say their first word or two, learn to walk, first day of school, etc. Sometimes the stories are just funny and that is fine. But my feed is full of my parents friends and family updating us *every* time junior utters a new word or has a diaper change (literally) and about four pictures a day. Omg. take the pics, sure, but I don’t want to see that many grainy cell phoen pics of your kid and it is clogging up my feed. I tried adjusting the settings, but then I missed important stuff.

    Think of your kid to, eh. What happens when they grow up and everybody knows they had diaper rash that once Christmas. That baby eventually grows into an adult who might appreciate some privacy.

  2. Haha I think you’re doing a good job of staying an occasionally drunk caterpillar. I’m not a “breeder” and I thoroughly enjoy your blog!

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